COMMUNITY SUPPORT THROUGH THESE ANNUAL EVENTS HELP US TO HELP OTHERS
Souper Bowl of Caring
On or before Super Bowl Sunday in February, Tallahassee area church fellowships and/or their youth groups can sponsor the Souper Bowl of Caring collecting canned goods and $1 from their congregations to help our neighbors in need.
Empty Bowl Supper
Each year in the spring, our Empty Bowl Supper is sponsored by the Big Bend Potters Guild and Tallahassee Clay Arts to raise awareness of local poverty and raise funds for our programs. Stay tuned for details about the 2017 event!
Back to School Drive
Even before the school year ends in May, we begin working with Leon County District Schools and Children’s Medical Services to identify children in need and match donors to kids for the next school year. Through generous individuals, businesses, and churches we were able to provide 175 children new backpacks and clothes in 2015. Contact Sabrina Austin for more information on how you or your group can help a local child in need start the new year right!
Ricky Carmichael Golf Tournament
In September each year, area golfers participate in the Ricky Carmichael Golf Tournament benefiting ECHO. It is our largest fundraiser of the year, with over 130 applicants participating in 2014. Local and national sponsors pitch in to help with the tournament, and for the past 4 years we have raffled off a brand new E-Z-GO golf cart as part of the days events. Here is a video from last year’s tournament and the tournament’s facebook page. For information about becoming a sponsor contact Nancy Burke.
One Warm Coat Drive
From November through January, ECHO partners with the national One Warm Coat Drive and locally through Burlington Coat Factory. New and gently used coats may be dropped off the Burlington Coat Factory Store in the Tallahassee Mall or brought to our office at 1707 S. Gadsden St. Everyone needs one warm coat!
Crop Hunger Walk
Sponsored by Church World Service, ECHO is one of the local beneficiaries of the Crop Walk. This event is held in October each year at Lake Ella. All of the food collected and 25% of the proceeds go to local Tallahassee hunger relief agencies including ECHO. If you would like to gather some friends from work or church and participate, contact Paula Wibberley.
Alternative Christmas Market
Held the first weekend of December, the Alternative Christmas Market provides unique shopping opportunities to honor loved ones through a specific donation to help a less fortunate person or family. Many local non-profits benefit from this annual event the takes place the first weekend of December at John Wesley United Methodist Church on Old St. Augustine Road.